At least two dogs have died of heat stress in the past week.
Every year, People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) receives reports of animals who suffer horrifying heat-related deaths during the summer months.
As temperatures rise across the country, it's crucial to protect our animal companions by following these tips:
Never leave animals in a parked car.
On a 30-degree day, the temperature inside a car can reach 54 degrees in just minutes.
Animals can die of heatstroke – even if a car is parked in the shade and its windows are partially open.
Keep animals indoors, with fans and/or air conditioning running.
If animals must be left outside, make sure that they have plenty of water in a tip-proof bucket and shade all day long. Even brief periods of direct exposure to the sun can be deadly.
Don't take dogs jogging in hot weather.
Walk dogs early in the morning or late at night, rest often and take plenty of water.
Hot pavement can burn paws, so test it with your hand first.
Never transport dogs on the backs of open utes.
They can be thrown out, and the hot metal can burn their feet.
Check on neighbours' animals if you see them left outdoors.
Make sure they have adequate water and shelter.
If you see an animal showing symptoms of heatstroke – including restlessness, heavy panting, vomiting, lethargy and lack of appetite or coordination – move the animal to shade immediately.
Offer water, apply a cold towel to the animal's head and chest or immerse the animal in tepid water.
Call the police if the animal is confined and always call a veterinarian immediately – every second counts.